The start of the second semester each January is the ideal time for teachers to take inventory of how things have gone thus far and revamp as needed to head successfully into the tail end of the year. Walton Middle School teachers had the chance to do just that on the recent professional day on January 4th.
At the beginning of the school year, Principal Jason Campbell challenged the tribe to rise to close achievement gaps, build strong relationships with students, "work on the work" of true school improvement, improve collaboration and communication with all stakeholders, and support the health and welfare of every member of the tribe. Each day, teachers put forth tremendous effort to make each of these initiatives a reality.
In the morning professional development session, teachers participated in a fun scavenger hunt, designed to give them a chance to check their progress toward meeting this year's goals. Teachers were given specific goal-related tasks to complete, earning points for doing as many as possible before time was up. High scorers were eligible for prizes for their diligent efforts.
After completing the scavenger hunt individually, teachers returned to the lunchroom to pool their thoughts about the tasks, collaborating in a gallery walk. Through this activity, teachers gained creative insights from others perhaps outside their subject area or grade level. Everyone walked away with fresh new ideas for kicking off 2022.
The learning didn't end there though. After lunch, teachers participated in rotations about ESE IEPs and accommodations and our district's upcoming Cognia review.
Undoubtedly, WMS' professional day was jam-packed but engaging and insightful.
Our tribe rises when our teachers learn alongside each other.